Regional: Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion

Sovereign Project | 42470-012

Summary

ADB and the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Tourism Working Group (TWG) member countries, comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, have recognized the need for cooperation in tourism and integrated development of connectivity and destination infrastructure in multi-country tourism circuits under the South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program 2006-2008. ADB has included in its 2009 assistance pipeline a loan project for ?Improving Connectivity and Destination Infrastructure for Subregional Tourism Development?.

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Project Name Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion
Project Number 42470-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6504-REG: Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB and the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Tourism Working Group (TWG) member countries, comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, have recognized the need for cooperation in tourism and integrated development of connectivity and destination infrastructure in multi-country tourism circuits under the South Asia Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program 2006-2008. ADB has included in its 2009 assistance pipeline a loan project for ?Improving Connectivity and Destination Infrastructure for Subregional Tourism Development?.

An ADB regional project preparation TA, implemented over the last one year, has identified a number of high potential cross-border tourism circuits, determined their infrastructure requirements, and undertook preliminary feasibility evaluations of priority subprojects for ADB financing. The purpose of developing multi-country tourism circuits is to link the complementary and contiguous tourism attractions of countries in the subregion that individually may not be sufficient to attract high levels of international arrivals. ADB has already initiated the processing of the proposed subregional investment project ?Improving Connectivity and Destination Infrastructure for Subregional Tourism Development.

The proposed advisory regional technical assistance is required to enhance the effectiveness of the forthcoming subregional loan project. The TA will (i) enable continuous subregional cooperation for the successful implementation of the proposed subregional loan project, (ii) support further promotion of subregional dialogue and actions for facilitating cross-border travel and tourism in the subregion, (iii) assist in collective marketing and promotion of subregions? tourism assets, (iv) provide for subregional experience and knowledge sharing for the capacity development of subregional stakeholders in sustainable protection and management of natural and cultural heritage of tourism importance, including exposure to innovative approaches e.g., partnerships between community-public and the private sectors, and (v) help enhance the project preparedness to ensure timely and efficient implementation of the subregional investment project.

The concept paper for a funding request from Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility was submitted in February 2008. The funding for the proposed TA in an amount of $2.0 million was approved by OREI in April 2008.

Impact The expected impact of the proposed TA is enhanced positioning of the subregion in both intraregional and international markets as one of the world's leading destinations of spiritual and nature- and culture-based tourism.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Sustainable subregional cooperation and constructive dialogue and capacity building for enhanced subregional tourism
Progress Toward Outcome The RETA helped organizeat the South Asia Subregional Tourism Forum and 12th Tourism Working Group (TWG) meeting held on 15-16 March 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Agenda included establishment of proposed South Asia Tourism Coordination Office (SATCO) and a new subregional tourism promotion website. The new office would be the caretaker of the new website on behalf of the TWG members. Discussions must continue to ensure long-term sustainability of the new office.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Streamlining cross-border tourist movement

Subregional action plan for market expansion

Subregional experience and knowledge sharing

Enhanced project preparedness and management at subregional and national levels

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

A Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) overseas study tour was organized for relevant South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Tourism Working Group members on 5-11 Mar 2012.

12th TWG Meeting to be held in Sri Lanka on 15-16 Mar 2012.

11th TWG Meeting held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 18-19 Dec 2011

10th TWG meeting held in Kathmandu Nepal on 6 Aug 2010.

UNESCO's publication entitled "Managing Tourism at World Heritage Sites: a Practical Manual for World Heritage Site Managers" has been translated into six languages (i.e., Bengali, Dzongkha, Hindi, Nepali, Singhalese and Tamil).

Geographical Location Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Subregional consultations were conducted in the five participating countries between December 2010 and March 2011. In-country forums and learning events in caravan style were carried out in the five participating countries in September 2011.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require about 161 person-months of consulting services (11 person-month international and 150 person-months national). ADB will engage consulting firms and an individual consultant in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007 as amended from time to time). A consulting firm, comprising a team of international and national consultants, will be recruited using the quality and cost based method of selection to carry out components (a) Support for Effective Subregional Cooperation, (b) Streamlining Cross-border Tourist Movement, (c) Action Plan for Market Expansion, and (d) Subregional Experience and Knowledge Sharing. The team will include expertise in subregional tourism planning, marketing and promotion, cross-border travel facilitation, nature- and culture-based tourism destination management, and tourism-related capacity development. The consultant for component (e-i) Enhanced Project Preparedness and Management at subregional level, will be recruited as individually; an international tourism planner/infrastructure development specialist will be engaged as "subregional tourism advisor" to support the subregional task force over the implementation period of the subregional investment project; and for component (e-ii) national consulting firms in multiple packages one for each of the countries, participating in the subregional investment project (Improving Connectivity and Destination Infrastructure for Subregional Tourism Development- P: 39454). The national teams will include expertise in project management, procurement, airport engineering, ecotourism, cultural heritage, and community participation.
Responsible ADB Officer Keiichi Tamaki
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Civil Aviation and TourismMain Building, Civil Secretariat
Room No. 1924/1918, Bldg No. 6
Dhaka 1000
Ministry of TourismNo. 64 Galle Road, Colombo 3
Sri Lanka
Asian Development BankRon Slangenrslangen@adb.orgSAUD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Sep 2008
Fact Finding 22 Jun 2008 to 06 Sep 2008
MRM -
Approval 08 Dec 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2013

TA 6504-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Dec 2008 - 08 Dec 2008 31 Mar 2011 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,400,000.00 08 Dec 2008 1,754,510.97
Title Document Type Document Date
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion TA Completion Reports Oct 2013
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: Final Report Consultants' Reports Mar 2013
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (Sinhala Translation) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (Dzongkha Translation) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (Tamil Translation) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (Bangla Translation) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (हिन्दी) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion: World Heritage Manual (Nepali Translation) Consultants' Reports Nov 2012
Strategy and Road Map for Improving Tourism Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion 2011-2015 Consultants' Reports Dec 2011
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion Consultants' Reports May 2010
Improving Connectivity and Destination Management of Cultural and Natural Resources in the South Asia Subregion (Financed by the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility) Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2008

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